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dealing with that faction. >> politicians continue to negotiate, but time is critical. a deal needs to be reached by midnight wednesday or the u.s. runs the risk of being unable to pay its bills. a reporter for the hill, a publication closely following reports on congress and events on capitol hill. thank you for joining us. we have been talking about the focus shifting to the senate, but that is not really what the problem is, is it? >> the house had quite a dysfunctional day yesterday. it was strange for those of us covering it but not unfamiliar because we have come to expect that speaker john boehner does not intend to pass packages that he would like to because of his right flank, which demands concessions far and beyond what ever capacity democratically controlled senate or indeed be approved by president obama. house gop leadership boehner and
his deputies released a plan yesterday morning that would reopen the government possibly until mid-december and also raise the debt ceiling along with a few other terms. firstly, those terms were not enough for two party conservatives, so speaker boehner spent most of the day trying to get everyone on board. he was ultimately unable to do that despite further concessions and they had to cancel the vote, in a norma's blow for the speaker. >> what to think are the chances of republicans breaking ranks, if you like, and singh open warfare within the party and people may be moving away -- in seeing open warfare within the party and people may be moving away? >> these groups have an enormous amount of control in the elections. we say in washington the republican lawmakers are often not so concerned about the democratic challenger as there are but a primary challenger from their ranks. there is certainly in you norma's amount of pressure for a
public and not to yield to any deal. mous amount of pressure for republicans not to yield to any deal. what will have to happen is speaker john boehner will be on the spot. you could either bring up a package and then hopefully it passes with some republican votes, but mostly votes from democrats in his chamber, but that could ultimately threaten his speakership. his right flank does not want them to bring up a bipartisan proposal that could be endorsed by the senate. >> his position as speaker of the house could be threatened. >> indeed, yes. we have seen it over and over, people threatening to oust him because they don't feel he reflects the true values of the conservatives in his caucus. these are enormously powerful lawmakers. there is a sufficient number of them to ensure that any deal that speaker john boehner wants
to pass with the majority of republicans needs they're ok. and they have been terribly unhappy with the speaker in the past. from themy earned recently because he indicated he was willing to make changes or cuts to the president's health care law in these negotiations, which was the story that began this. yeah. now it is unlikely the president's health care law will be substantially changed at all, which is what most people expected. changes,expected major but yet speaker john boehner will be definitely watching his back in the coming days. >> make you very much for your time. >> thank you. >> it has killed at least 17 people in one of the most powerful storms to hit japan in years. the typhoon brushed the japanese coast heading northeast in early to sing the crippled fukushima nuclear power plant. pumping water out. tokyo takes a battering from
high winds and driving rain. battled rising water levels. the impact of one of most powerful storms of its kind to hit this country in years. public transport in the capital was thrown into chaos, leaving large numbers of commuters stranded. it is really scary. the winds and everything. it is incredible. there are tornadoes and mudslides. natural disasters are just scary. >> i haven't seen it this bad. i was in a story when i came out, i was really surprised. been thist it has island to the south. most of the casualties so far have been here. the aftermath of devastation is clear to see. as well is the destruction caused by the high winds. record 80 centimeters of rain fell in 24 hours, provoking
deadly mudslides. as towards of rain drenched leg crippled nick -- petition minooka powerplant, they pumped out water to try to avoid further flooding. in tokyo, the authorities try to reassure the public every thing was being done to respond to the effects of the storm. >> there was a meeting of the relatives and we're doing everything in our power. >> tokyo may have dodged the worst of the storm, but it emergency services scrambled to the stricken island amidst fear the told there will rise. he has been praised for his role in averting international conflict of syria's chemical weapons, and some even talk of vladimir putin as a contender for future nobel peace prize will stop it is the focus on russia's place on the world stage diverting attention from a crackdown on voices of dissent inside the country?
in the past two hours, a russian court has upheld in embezzlement conviction against this man, the man standing in the center. a position activist alexei navalny. he denies as the charges accusing the authorities of prosecuting him for political reasons. he has emerged as a protest leader. he campaigned against an the 2011 parliament three elections, which was won by vladimir putin's united russia party. only case getting attention in russia. greenpeace activist facing parsi charges has been refused bail. he is one of 30 greenpeace reporters to tame when their ship, the arctic sunrise, was seized. they try to scale of oil russian rig in the arctic. the courts position to uphold the conviction of alexei navalny means he is barred from standing for electoral office. to talk about all this, i'm joined by a political analyst.
thank you very much for being with us today. what is your reaction to this court case for alexei navalny? they have upheld the conviction, but he isn't going to jail. >> actually, it is what to be expected. the government was facing a dilemma whether to lock up alexei navalny and present him as prevent him from participating in politics him toher or maybe allow be a large, but keep him on the hook. neither option was risk-free. this is new. the russian government is looking for a less riskier version of what happened back in 2011. he does remain at large. he is under a suspended
sentence, which prevents him from running for office. [indiscernible] againstf the charge vladimir putin and his administration that they don't tolerate dissent, you can say alexei navalny is on the hook, but he is not in jail and he is not the kind of man who will stay quiet, is he? >> yes, indeed. it has been different since the mass protest erupted in moscow backed in december 2011. the government to crack down. at the same time, forced to take into account the possibility another upsurge in protests and apparently, the government doesn't want that to happen. what i'm saying, [indiscernible] is more difficult. the goal is to maintain a monopoly in power, but the task
of the to be easy is now more difficult. >> the question really behind this, is this part of a systematic pattern? the greenpeace question, does a fall in the same pattern? do you think that is what we are seeing? >> the goal is to keep things under control, to preserve the decision-making within a close circle of people and to send a powerful signal challenging the political party of the government is a risky business, whether it applies to people who protest in the streets or whether it applies to greenpeace. episode --n infamous we had an infamous episode when one of those accused of mass unrest on may 6 of last year, a mass rally in moscow, people have been in detention for over a year. they are in the middle of a
trial -- >> ok. >> one of them will not be locked up in a psychiatric asylum. what that did not happen in the soviet union time. >> we have to leave it there. thank you very much. >> my pleasure. >> staying with russia, the men arrested on suspicion of killing a 25-year-old in moscow has now confessed to murder according to the spokesman for the investigations committee there. the stabbing of the russian man triggered massive protest in the country. more than 1200 people were detained in a follow-up raid. in a park outside moscow, at the moment, russian special forces track down a suspect and the authorities wanted the whole country to know it. imageselevision broken apprehending a native who has
been accused of killing in the neck russian. the detained man was flown by helicopter to police headquarters in the russian capital. they're in a bizarre piece of police theater, he was led into an office and presented like a trophy to russia's interior minister. the minister just stared at him. the thing congratulated his masked men. then congratulated his masked men. >> we approve once again the police are able to publish any .ask that society sets we want to confirm once again that we are ready to provide security to our residents. have been under intense pressure to find the killer of a young russian man who was stabbed to death last week. the murder sparked a ride in moscow. angry crowds stormed a shopping
center and vegetable warehouse. there were convinced the killer was a migrant worker. anger has also been directed at local officials who have been accused of allowing large numbers of illegal migrants into moscow. the day after the riot, moscow police detained more than 1000 migrant workers, in attempt to convince the public the authorities here are serious about tackling crime. that they have the situation under control. we're not done with russia quite yet. the government has expressed regret after a senior davone that was attacked in his flat in moscow. the diplomat was reportedly tied up by men posing as electricians and described as being lightly wounded. the attack comes one week after russia complained one of its envoys have been assaulted at his home in the netherlands. stay with us here on bbc world
news. we will have the latest from geneva where world leaders are engaged in a second day of talks over iran's nuclear program. >> the funeral service for a nazi war criminal was called off after protesters. >> the remains of the not to war criminal are driven to the streets to cries of murder. people slammed their fists on the hearse. a woman faints. the funeral is called off because they cannot get through. had been serving his life term under house arrest before he died at the age of 100 on friday. has raged, debate over what to do with his remains. the vatican refused a funeral in any catholic church in rome. in a right wing catholic splinter group opposed --
decided to celebrate the funeral mass just south of the capital. a deeply unpopular decision, riot police struggle to hold back the crowd as clashes broke out between protesters and far right activists. themayor had tried to block coffin from arriving, but was overruled. this town does not deserve such a wound so strong and painful. also, there should be respect for loss of human lives in our town. >> just 20, under a way, erich priebke was jailed for his role in the massacre of more than 300 italians during the second world war. he spent nearly 50 years as a fugitive in argentina before standing trial. in an interview released by his lawyer from -- upon his death. kept priebke's coffin was
in the catholic the compound overnight. their reports the authorities want him cremated as a burial because -- could become a a rallying point for not to groups. both argentina and germany has refused to accept the body. >> iran has suggested it might give the united nations to her widerar watchdog prospects. in the latest round of talks between iran and world powers, karen stepped the foreign minister said the key issue of snap infections could be part of the final steps of a possible deal. james reynolds has been covering the meeting in geneva for us. there is cautious optimism. do we have any sense of what a final deal might look like? >> i think we know what a final
deal would emerge as, essentially, sanctions would be fored on iran in exchange other transparency about its nuclear program and the restriction of the enrichment of uranium and export of stockpiles of uranium and greater more intrusive and specters. the problem is this. end, howget to that they managed to build up trust and with a sequence of events which may lead them there for that essentially is what they're talking about yesterday and of course today. >> and we get the impression it has moved on from a quite detailed technical discussion. >> yes. fascinating that yesterday the world powers released a statement saying for the first time it's detailed technical discussions took place. i think most people interpret that as a reasonably positive sign. the previous rounds of negotiations that were said to be parallel. once i would talk for an hour,
the others i would talk for an hour. the fact there were talking about specifics, about details, i think will lead a lot of people to guess they really are talking about the kinds of things which would lead toward an agreement. also, many, many observers watched this and stress this is still the early stages and there are still things i could go wrong. >> thank you very much. in the philippines, the death toll from a magnitude 7.2 earthquake has risen to 144. rescuers have managed to reach some of the hardest hit areas in the center of the country where historic churches, some hundreds of years old, have been reduced to rubble. our southeast asian correspondent responds. >> with so many buildings to damage to sleep in, this is where the occupants spent the first night after the earthquake. no doubt many are grateful just to be alive. and there is now some help on hand.
the epicenter, the damage was much worse. this was the home of daniel cruise. his body is somewhere under the toppled walls. we have been calling out for help, said his daughter. this is so hard on us. digging through the slabs of concrete is an arduous task. even retrieving the bodies is taking many hours of toil. this is what those few seconds of seismic movement did to the historic churches of the region. built from great locks of stone three centuries ago, just crumbled. town, farede main little better. the towns that needed help have been reached. the most heavily hit in terms of casualties is this town. there are still operations of
recovery going on. we are extending the support to the town. >> they have already started the cleanup year. rebuilding homes and lives will take much longer. in some other news, syrian activist say at least 21 people, including women and children from a were killed in the bus the were traveling and exploded. it is not clear what caused the blast. the local opposition has accused the syrian military of planting a bomb on the road. protest last week, more crowds had gathered outside the local government forces in eastern china. they're angry because many were left trapped without food or clean water caused by floods from the typhoon. greece's parliament is ready to lift the immunity from prosecution of six politicians from the extreme right-wing party golden dawn.
it is part of a crackdown on the group which is accused of operating as a criminal gang. three other top party members including its leader are awaiting trial. the youngest rider to win the most prestigious military edge literary awards. the 28-year-old from new zealand whom i spoke to on monday received it for her second book, a victorian murder mystery set during the country's gold rush. it is not often a customer leaves a pharmacist stumped, but a pharmacy in australia did not know what prescription to make when a kangaroo entered its shop. >> and unusual customer hopping around. this kangaroo shut down parts of melbourne airport when it entered a busy domestic terminal and made for a pharmacy. employees and
onlookers were equally bewildered by the visitor. >> i didn't believe it. >> they said there was a kangaroo in the shop. i just kept on doing what i was doing. i thought it was a bit of a joke. pre-k's shop workers and please cap the kangaroo safe in the pharmacy for a few operators -- few hours. he appeared to have some injuries and had to be tranquilized and taken to a vet. >> he has injuries to his feet. his's are quite warm. >> airport officials said they're not sure how the kangaroo into the terminal. but with bushland frequented by kangaroos test outside the airport, it is probably not going to be the last time a kangaroo is found jumping around. >> coming up in the next half-
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